Our community is filled with hard-working, high achieving entrepreneurs and creatives and so work-life balance is a complicated, but highly relevant topic. We’ve shared some responses from the community about work life balance and how their views have evolved over time below.

Elyse Sparkes | Movement Coach, creator of #BeKindBodyMind

When I first started working for myself, I considered it a side gig – something that I loved, that also happened to pay the bills – while I became a professional dancer in New York City. I would say my business at that time wasn’t my main focus. However, very soon after working with clients one-on-one on my own terms (rather than at a gym) I started to really appreciate the business side of what I was doing. My focus narrowed to my business and I started to create online coaching and programs. Read more>>

Lauren Du Pree | Actor, singer, writer, blogger, filmmaker

Living with a chronic illness has made me slow down and prioritize my health and personal life over work and perceived success. When I was younger, I was going nonstop and barely making any money, I might add. Being a successful actor was my top priority, and I made all of my decisions through that lens. I remember feeling like I was missing out on tons of life events with family and friends, but big dreams meant big sacrifices. Read more>>

Jumie Ra | Ceramic Artist

Though balance seems like a noble and sometimes necessary pursuit, the lines of working and not working hasn’t always been so well defined in my creative career. As an artist, my work makes me feel alive. “Work/life balance” becomes more of a mindset even with a full plate, my need for perfection, and my stubbornness for success. “How you do something is how you do everything” is a way of life I often identify with. There is meticulous planning for the daily tasks and wearing many hats to move my dream business forward. This pace can often skew the harmony of work and sleep vs family and friends. Read more>>

Enya Lim | Indie Singer-songwriter. Vocal Coach. Virtual Events Entertainer.

Choosing to freelance full time -and moreover being in the music/ arts industry- means that no one is going to kick your butt if you don’t. Freelancers get more schedule autonomy and flexibility yes, more mobility yes. But even if you’re the more disciplined sort, it can be hard to start. And then it’s harder to stop… it’s honestly way easier to have work life imbalance! Read more>>

Rachel Deeb | Photographer, Creative Director

Work and life balance is something I am still learning to do! One reason why I became “successful” is because I said “yes” to every job – big or small – that came my way. Now I have a problem with saying “no” – which in reality, is probably more important than saying yes at this point. Two years ago I fell into a depressed black hole because I said “yes” to too many people. Read more>>

Nick Poyner | Cartoonist

Ooh. This is a fascinating question. As I hit my mid-thirties, the question becomes harder to answer. The more time I spend at work, the more I long for time with friends and family. But there is no “off” switch. On those nights I can’t sleep, I constantly run new ideas through my head. I started tattooing myself recently because it’s something I’d never attempted. It’s going medium. NFTs as well. Read more>>

Beth Bassil Danielle Goodman | Co-founders, b.good PR

The both of us come from fashion backgrounds where we worked with very talented yet demanding clients and designers. It used to be a 24/7 world, day-in and day-out of work related to do lists. Even the time we considered “play” was tied to work whether it was an editor dinner, client event, happy hour, etc. Don’t get us wrong, it was an exciting time where we had the opportunity to cultivate amazing relationships, but it was an exhausting hamster wheel that never stopped spinning. I think it had a lot to do with the fashion scene and culture in NYC. Read more>>

Stephanie Domingo | Florist & Creator of Mauve Roots

I feel like I often hear business owners joke about how we all opted out of Monday through Friday 9-5 careers, just so we can work 24/7 for ourselves. While it’s comical, let’s be real— It’s funny because its true. If I go unchecked, I can fall into working all hours of the day— because there’s always something that needs to get done. Rather than seeing a checklist for the day, and what can realistically be done within 8 hours, I see lists upon lists of things that need to get done for events, sometimes years in advance. Read more>>

Dana Brody | Commercial Real Estate Broker – Investment Property Sales Across the Greater Los Angeles area

My work/life balance has definitely changed over time, but definitely for the better! I used to work long nights in the office, but it was fine, because that was my main focus. Everything changed once I had my first son, Cameron, who will be 10 at the end of March. During my pregnancy, I lost one of my best friends in a hit and run accident and for better or worse, it grounded me in the sense that I knew from that moment on, how fleeting and fragile life can be and I knew that time with my new baby was my number one priority. Read more>>

Jack Glazer | Musician, Software Developer, Crematory Operator

Currently, I am in the process of changing my career as a Crematory Operator to Software Developer. The pandemic has left a lot of industries in shambles. People are starting to realize that they are being taken advantage of and need to take matters into their own hands with their career goals. I realized that certain things aren’t going to change anytime soon, so I decided to pursue something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. Read more>>

Herine | Indie-Pop Artist & Songwriter

I realized during the early days of the pandemic is that as an artist, you have to live a life to write about. I used to be a total slave to the studio grind, and it’s pretty obvious in my old work. You can hear the exhaustion, and there’s no real inspiration. My reality was 4 dark walls. That’s not where real art comes from. Real art comes from adventure, and love, and falling out of it many times. Read more>>